Table 4. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation and Shipment Size for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Table 4. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation and Shipment Size for CBSA of Origin: 2002

[Estimates are based on data from the Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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All modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 21,486 100.0 32,140 100.0 9,372 100.0 247
Less than 50 lbs 1,476 6.9 42 0.1 9 240
50 to 99 lbs 552 2.6 37 0.1 8 235
100 to 499 lbs 2,390 11.1 224 0.7 55 0.6 260
500 to 749 lbs 846 3.9 119 0.4 28 0.3 228
750 to 999 lbs 566 2.6 91 0.3 15 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,278 19.9 1,394 4.3 401 4.3 274
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 7,677 35.7 13,336 41.5 4,123 44.0 310
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,587 7.4 6,821 21.2 756 8.1 108
100,000 lbs or more 2,114 9.8 10,074 31.3 3,977 42.4 443

Single modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 18,895 100.0 30,195 100.0 8,677 100.0 180
Less than 50 lbs 783 4.1 27 3 S
50 to 99 lbs 303 1.6 24 2 113
100 to 499 lbs 1,723 9.1 184 0.6 41 0.5 227
500 to 749 lbs 731 3.9 110 0.4 25 0.3 227
750 to 999 lbs 510 2.7 84 0.3 14 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 3,901 20.6 1,240 4.1 324 3.7 267
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 7,359 38.9 12,376 41.0 3,753 43.3 303
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,512 8.0 6,530 21.6 743 8.6 110
100,000 lbs or more 2,073 11.0 9,620 31.9 3,771 43.5 441

Truck2

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 16,556 100.0 20,605 100.0 4,855 100.0 141
Less than 50 lbs 697 4.2 26 0.1 1 S
50 to 99 lbs 285 1.7 24 0.1 2 86
100 to 499 lbs 1,571 9.5 183 0.9 39 0.8 210
500 to 749 lbs 719 4.3 110 0.5 25 0.5 224
750 to 999 lbs 508 3.1 84 0.4 14 0.3 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 3,757 22.7 1,231 6.0 310 6.4 254
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 7,273 43.9 12,332 59.9 3,721 76.6 299
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,460 8.8 6,345 30.8 676 13.9 106
100,000 lbs or more 285 1.7 S S 68 1.4 244

Rail

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 1,000 100.0 5,451 100.0 2,685 100.0 492
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,310
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 20 0.8 766
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 307
100,000 lbs or more 901 90.1 5,257 96.4 2,616 97.4 484

All other Single modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 1,339 100.0 4,139 100.0 1,136 100.0 1,522
Less than 50 lbs 86 6.4 1 1 0.1 1,533
50 to 99 lbs 18 1.3 1 1,434
100 to 499 lbs 152 11.4 S S S S 2,013
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,342
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,397
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,877
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,057
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 773
100,000 lbs or more 887 66.3 4,092 98.9 1,087 95.7 S

Multiple modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 1,815 100.0 264 100.0 S S 457
Less than 50 lbs 642 35.4 13 5.1 6 2.6 438
50 to 99 lbs S S 10 3.9 5 2.3 542
100 to 499 lbs 603 33.2 25 9.5 13 5.3 511
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 408
750 to 999 lbs 51 2.8 2 0.8 S S 625
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,227
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 666

Parcel, USPS or courier

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 1,708 100.0 55 100.0 27 100.0 456
Less than 50 lbs 642 37.6 13 24.4 6 22.7 438
50 to 99 lbs S S 10 18.5 5 20.0 548
100 to 499 lbs 601 35.2 24 44.2 12 45.6 514
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 305
750 to 999 lbs 51 3.0 2 3.7 S S 625
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 468
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more

All other Multiple modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes S S S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 3
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,227
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 666

Other and unknown modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 776 100.0 S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs 50 6.5 2 0.1 S
50 to 99 lbs 17 2.2 S S S S 80
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 68
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 261 33.6 S S S S 353
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 299
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 46
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 415

KEY:
– Represents data cell equal to zero or less than 1 unit of measure.
S Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.

1 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network. See "Mileage Calculations" section for additional information.
2 "Truck" as a single mode includes shipments that were made by only private Truck, only for-hire Truck, or combination of private Truck and for-hire Truck.

NOTES: Value-of-shipments estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Appendix B tables provide estimated measures of sampling variability. The Introduction and appendixes give information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions. Links to this information on the Internet may be found at www.census.gov/cfs.
Coverage for the 2002 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) differs from the previous surveys due to a change from the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification System to the 1997 North American Industry Classification System and other survey improvements. Therefore, data users are urged to use caution when comparing 2002 CFS estimates with estimates from prior years.

SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.